Reading

Reading for Comprehension is ...

A self-paced program for students in 2nd grade and up and is structured with extensive work in English vocabulary, grammar, language arts, reading comprehension, and TAKS test taking skills.

Learning to Read

Learning to Read primarily utilizes a phonetic approach. It is vitally important that the child become able to decode words rapidly with meaning. Research shows that understanding the relationship between letters and sounds is fundamental in learning to read.

When the student's ability skills have progressed sufficiently, the Dolch word list is introduced. This list compiles the 220 most frequently used words in children's literature. The English language is 85% phonetic and this list introduces words that need to be memorized.

Initially, the program uses specific exercises to develop the child's visual and auditory discrimination abilities as well as fine motor skills. Beginning with the consonants, the program teaches not just letter recognition but also the sounds of the letters. Every child learns to read at his own pace. Reading comes easily to some but with other children patience is an absolute must.

Learning to read means breaking the alphabetic code; specially designed sound sheets provide a step by step program that allows the student to combine phonetic sounds to decode words. Starting with the short vowels and moving on to more complex consonant blends, the sound sheets provide ample practice words for mastery learning. Exercises developing fine motor skills and concentration are also emphasized. Research concludes that students who are skilled decoders are shown to have increased fluency and improved comprehension.

Carefully planned, phonetic-based workbooks next provide a variety of identification, reading, and writing exercises that will increase the young reader’s vocabulary and spelling abilities. The child also begins to read storybooks coordinated with this workbook series. Comprehension exercises accompany these stories encouraging reading for meaning.
The program is designed to develop phonological awareness and build reading speed and fluency allowing the young child to become a strong and confident reader.